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Weekly Tarot

September 25-October 1, 2023
Seven of Pentacles

Help us to be ever faithful gardeners of the spirit, who know that without darkness nothing comes to birth, and without light nothing flowers.
May Sarton

After a volatile Summer, for this first full week of Autumn (or Spring, if you are in the Southern Hemisphere), a welcome, steadying presence joins us. Following last week’s Nine, say hello to our frequent visitor, the Seven of Pentacles.

Here we see a young man as he pauses, and gazes at the ripening disks on the vine, representing that it is laden with fruit.

He has done everything he possibly can to tend his garden. Now, he gazes with thoughtful appreciation at what he has worked for. He seems to be considering whether or not his results are ready for reaping, or else what he might need to do next. The gray sky behind him reflects this ambivalence.

This is the Pentacles suit, so it is ruled by the element of Earth. Thus Pentacles speak to our material comfort, security, and abundance, especially our money, health, home, and our jobs.

And seven is a number of magic, spirituality and initiation into a deeper level of Mystery. There are seven main chakras, much of the human body is said to renew itself on a cellular level every seven years, each quarter phase of the Moon is seven days long, there are seven colors in the visible spectrum, and seven notes in the Western musical scale.

No wonder it is considered a number of harmony and good luck.

Shine On Harvest Moon

This final week of September, we celebrate the Harvest Moon, which is always the Full Moon closest to the Equinox. So this Friday, the 29th, with the Full Moon in the sign of Aries (because the Sun is in Libra), we observe a time that has been honored for many centuries, as our ancestors took advantage of the additional bright hours to ensure their harvests were gathered in.

Our brilliant friend Elisabeth Grace notes that this Full Moon…

… pits me-me-me against we-we-we in relationship…with big potential for reaching across the aisles…unconventional alliances, suggested by Venus square Uranus on Friday, and Mercury trine Uranus on Saturday.

Set yourself free!

That Venus square Uranus transit indicates that there could be some pressure on relationships, since Uranus DEFINITELY wants to be free. But in a healthy partnership, a more gentle give and take will serve us well. Just like the co-creative relationship depicted here between the young man and the Earth he has been tending.

And as for the Mercury trine Uranus, astrologer Jamie Partridge tells us that it “opens your mind to new possibilities. There may be some exciting news. Chance encounters are possible with eccentric or, in other ways stimulating people.”

Perhaps that is just the sort of inspiration that the man leaning on his hoe needs, to get moving again.

But then, with her wise insights, Lorna Bevan cautions:

As the Sun returns to cardinal Libra at the Equinox, the schisms, splits and ideological polarisation of the over-culture fanned by social media have never been more obvious or more dangerous.

Increasingly, it seems many no longer have the ability to occupy the space in-between which contain many different shades of grey – simply unable to stay with the discomfort of not knowing but actively encouraged to be tribal and to react, instead of thinking….

Underlining the theme, this week’s Full Moon at 6° Aries on September 29th is a reminder to strike a balance between meeting your personal needs and attending to the needs of others with their own agendas.

In our card, we see the farmer as he pauses to consider what will serve best, comfortably holding the ability to occupy the space in-between while he decides. And is this scenario showing us a garden that will be kept only for the farmer? Or will he share its bounty for the good of others?

These could be an important issue for you and your own work this week.

The Fullness of Time

Before you reap the well-deserved rewards of your labors, take some time this week to contemplate and appreciate what you have accomplished. So often, we throw ourselves into this or that project, working furiously, and then on to the next thing without stopping to enjoy our results.

Instead, you are being invited to take a moment, in order to evaluate what you have worked so hard for. Look at what you are creating and take stock. If you need to fine-tune before its completion, you still can, but the end is in sight.

Perhaps this is the time for you to consider what you have learned or what you might change next time. But whatever you have been working towards, it is now bearing fruit and is almost ready for harvest. Is it going to feed you in the days to come?

Allow the fullness of Time to do its job, for it is the mysterious force that ensures that the fruit will be plentiful and sweet. The pace of Nature is a gift, not an obstacle.

Enjoy the beauty and abundance of this flourishing season before the final harvest that arrives next month at Samhain.

Assess your resources and plan wisely for what you may need in the future, realizing that more volatile times are surely on the way. Offer up your best, most diligent efforts. Protect what you have and make your choices in harmony with the greater good. And give your thanks.

In the weaving of the just past equal darkness and light, may your harvests be blessed.

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Niamh September 25, 2023, 9:06 pm

Fingers crossed that “reaching across the aisles” … unconventional alliances” will occur in a constructive way this week. May we pass through this anxious time of trial, and continue to reap a harvest of democracy. So mote it be.

Beth September 26, 2023, 9:03 am

Yep, that jumped out at me, too, Niamh. May it be so.

Kathy September 26, 2023, 6:33 am

thank you

Beth September 26, 2023, 9:03 am

You are so very welcome, Kathy.

~elen~ September 26, 2023, 9:23 am

Does showing up in the autumn of a #7 Chariot year add to the significance of this card?

Beth September 26, 2023, 9:48 am

Oooo! Great question!

Didn’t really think of it, but, yes, I would say so.. Now I’m racing over to look at my database of the cards, and I see we’ve had 3 sevens this year so far: The Seven of Swords back in January, the Seven of Cups in June, and now this week’s Seven of Pentacles.

Yummy observation, elen … now I’m on the lookout for the Seven of Wands before the end of the year! 🙂

nofixedstars September 26, 2023, 11:35 am

another perfectly timed harvest-tide card! wow!

anyone who has gardened and/or farmed knows this moment…contemplating the imminent harvest, looking carefully at the various crops to determine if the time is right to harvest; calculating the perfection of ripening against the likelihood of rain, deciding to begin or delay harvest accordingly. we know a similar feeling in other areas of our lives, from writing or building to parenting or making art. is it done? is it at its best? is it ready to harvest/release/ move forward to the next stage?

and yes, patience is key to this whole process. watch a toddler–or anyone new to gardening–pull up a radish or carrot before it’s ready, and see the lesson learnt there. everything we do is a partnership with nature, and learning what when to do, when to do it, and when to wait and watch are key to every endeavour in our lives.

tarot is such an amazing mirror.

Dena September 26, 2023, 1:12 pm

nofixedstars…Just what I was thinking!! My tiny garden is having a race…which will happen first…the plants are dying back…with fruit still ripening on the vines!!! Basil galore! I am also waiting for the quad with the 7 of wands!

Beth September 26, 2023, 4:50 pm

Dena – where are you? So much around here is still flourishing and green, although most of the really hot weather things and crops that need LOTS of sun are starting to fade.

Dena September 27, 2023, 8:46 am

I am in the Sandhills….Vass, NC
The weather this summer was brutal….not only to plants…but the backyard wildlife….
My tomatoes were hit and so were the peppers…
Basil…I can grow them in my sleep!

Beth September 27, 2023, 8:54 am

Yes, the weather has been rough on our plants and animals here in Durham, too. But yay for basil! 🙂

Beth September 26, 2023, 4:48 pm

Indeed! Well said, dearest one.. The dance between leading and responding, initiating and waiting…

Cattarina September 26, 2023, 1:03 pm

As I was going thru the reading – I heard ‘wait with the work’. Basically then I kinda read further the same idea. I also sensed wait with what to do with the money. Which is in line with where we are at the moment financially – we need to wait and see what comes back and develops. So….. this is right on track for us this week! Thanks 🙂

Beth September 26, 2023, 4:52 pm

Yes, he reminds me of the Page and the Knight of Pentacles — gazing at the potential of the coins, but not ready to take action just yet. May your pause pay off beautifully, dear Cattarina!

Beth September 26, 2023, 5:18 pm

My friend and faithful reader Linda P. sent in this photo of her entire plum harvest that she gathered in yesterday. It’s kind of perfect for our Card, so at her request I am enclosing it. Say hello to the Seven of Plums 🙂 ….Seven of Plums

Rosita Arvigo September 28, 2023, 9:35 am

What a perfect card for September -October. I also loved the consideration about timing the harvest — the right time to reap, better to wait and what to do with the fruits of our labors. Also inherent in this is to wonder if what we planted should be planted again next year. New seeds? Different efforts? So much food for thought.

Art does not try to communicate;
it calls for communion.

~ Paul Reynaud

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